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Renata Wu, MFT


It's okay to struggle when you go through difficult times in your life, this is part of our human experience. But if you feel down and exhausted most of the time, with no sense of future, and things that used to be fun don't interest you anymore, you may suffer from depression.

The difference between sadness and depression is that depression impedes your life and things you do—leaving you unable to work, take care of yourself or others, or take pleasure in things you used to. It may seem hopeless but with help and support things can get better.

Depression is one of the most common problems in our culture but some people assume it to be sign of weakness and excessive emotion. Instead, depression is a signal for you to pay attention to yourself. My goal as your psychotherapist is to help you to understand and resolve the sources of your depression. Often the hardest part of depression is reaching out to someone for help.

The symptoms and causes of depression are different with each person, but these are some of the common signs of depression:
  • hopeless feelings
  • loss of interest in work and hobbies
  • sleep problems, such as insomnia or oversleeping
  • irritability
  • anger
  • reckless behavior
  • significant weight loss or gain
  • blaming yourself
  • fatigue
  • unexplained pains
  • substance abuse
The “gray fog” of depression is especially difficult because it saps the energy you need to have the strength to reach out for help. Helping you to release this “fog”, so you can begin redirecting your energy in a positive and productive fashion, is an important part of the process toward recovery.
  Depression is a signal for you to pay attention to yourself  
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